When we meet someone new and tell them we are from Pennsylvania, most people think of the Liberty Bell, Indepence Hall and the birthplace of America. It is a very important state. But what do our students’ think of Pennsylvania? Do they know how important Pennsylvania is and its importance to our nation? Will they proudly tell how great Pennsylvania is and how glad they are to have lived here? Here are some interesting facts that really amaze my students! Religious tolerance was important to William Penn, as was his belief in the brotherhood of all men. So it is no surprise that in the Declaration of Independence, which was written in Philadelphia, we read, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…" But did you know that William Penn had three slaves?
Pennsylvania had the largest city in the English Colonies…Philadelphia! In fact, Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition came to Philadelphia to learn about sciences before his historic journey. He spent $2,324 in Philadelphia to prepare for his trip! That was a lot of money in 1803. How do you teach Pennsylvania history? How do you make our history come alive and share knowledge about our great state? Do you have a neat project to share or a virtual field trip other teachers can visit in their classroom?
Here are some titles in unitedstreaming to help get your students excited about the Keystone state…
American Geography Close-Ups: The Middle Atlantic States Volume I
American Geography Close-ups: The Middle Atlantic States Volume II
Early Settlers: The Era of Colonization
Westward Expansion: The Pioneer Challenge
Making the Thirteen Colonies: The Middle Colonies
Katie Leach is a Social Studies/Gifted Support teacher from Weatherly High School. Katie is also the very first PA DEN member.